Getting settled...

I've been in my unit for a week now and I'm feeling quite settled in, the home comforts have arrived (well, most of them have), so I have a bed to sleep on, a tv, a ps3 (of course :), washer/dryer, bar stools for the breakfast bar, and finally my new laptop arrived on Friday.

That has been a lot of hassle let me tell you. If you are considering buying a laptop from Rock, I'd suggest you reconsider! I ordered the laptop at the beginning of January (but changed the order to a newer model that became available on their web site in Feb, so lets say the start of Feb was the order date). I was told it would arrive in March, I told them I was leaving the country at the start of April and they still said it would arrive before then. March came and went, and I was told that they would ship it to Australia (for a fee of course), I arrived in Oz without a laptop.

After calling them, the sales guy told me that the machine was waiting for parts to arrive, the graphics cards as I recall. If I wanted to be updated on the status of the order I had to call them, they wouldn't call me to let me know what was happening. A couple of weeks after I arrived I started calling them regularly, the sales guy told me the parts had arrived from China where they had been stuck in customs, then he told me that the laptop was built but had failed testing, they couldn't find the right drivers! (This is a laptop built from stock parts essentially, plus it has been available on their website for purchase since February so you would assume that they had actually built one before this and tested it) This was a Friday night (well it was here) and so I asked him to email me with an update at the end of their day to tell me if the machine had been shipped. I got a pigeon english email from him which made no sense, other than I assumed that they hadn't shipped it. Oh, and he had kindly halved my shipping costs because of the delay... nice of them that!

So I was getting well pissed off by this point, and called them back on Monday, but the sales guy I normally spoke to was out of the office, and I spoke to someone else, who checked the status of my order and told me that there was no update, the machine wasn't built as they were waiting for the processors still. Surprisingly (or not) the sales guy was just feeding me bullshit to get me off his back. So the order was cancelled. I ordered a Dell XPS1730 the next day from Dell Australia, I was told that it could be up to 3 weeks due to a back order of a specific part (here we go again). However, within a week I had received the laptop, and I had numerous emails and calls from the order people giving me updates on my order. (Admittedly, a little confusing as some were telling me that it would be delivered before the end of May, and others saying the 2nd of May, but as it turned out, it was on the 2nd of May :)

Now I have a laptop which is a better spec, cheaper, and here! The blog posts should get more frequent, especially once I get the ADSL connected in a week or two. I'm using a free Wifi hotspot at the moment, but it kicks me every 30 mins and I have to log back on again to continue using it.

I'm quite pleased with my new unit, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large open plan kitchen and living area, on the 9th floor of a building on Circular Quay, so it's right in the middle of the city. A short walk from the main streets and right by the ferry wharves. It's also got a gym, pool, spa, sauna, and squash courts in the building, none of which I've used yet, of course ;) I'll post some pictures to my flickr page once I have proper net access as it seems not to like uploading stuff on this connection. Just need the sofa to be delivered (which is coming on Tuesday) so I can lounge around looking at the fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge.

The weather has been a lot better this week too, after only a couple of nice days the week I arrived most of the time it's been raining, not that anyone here is complaining too much as it's brought an end to the drought they have been having, but it's been the wettest April for ages and the coldest summer for ages too. Still, today has been a nice blue sky day, plenty of sunshine and about 20 degrees. Hopefully I'll be able to get used to the heat gradually as we're getting into autumn\winter now.

I'm getting used to it though, got up this morning and bought a paper and sat in a local restaurant for breakfast, then sat and had a coffee in a cafe on the Quay just outside my building whilst reading the paper, it doesn't get much better :)

Talking about the sunshine, I'll sign off now, stick my shades on and go and enjoy it a bit more!

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